Erasmus+ Letter

UCML has written a letter to the Minister for Education, Gavin Williamson, in response to the decision for the UK to withdraw from Erasmus+, which will be replaced with the Turing Scheme. UCML is concerned that the Turing Scheme does not extend to staff mobility, is non-reciprocal, and funded on an annual rather than multi-annual basis. These concerns are shared by colleagues across the education sector, and our letter has been co-signed by bodies and learned societies from across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM.

A similar letter written and coordinated by UCML’s Wales Representative, Liz Wren-Owens, has been submitted to the Welsh government:

Four MEPs have written to the European Commission asking the Commission to explore options for Welsh and Scottish membership of Erasmus+. The letter has been co-signed by 141 other MEPs

Erasmus+ in Figures

Across the UK, Erasmus+ has funded important development in the following sectors:

  • Adult education: staff mobility for sharing best practices and career development;
  • Higher Education: innovative collaborations; international study; traineeships; and staff development;
  • Schools: pupil learning and the development of the professional and leadership skills of staff;
  • Vocational Education and Training:  development of life skills; youth exchanges and conferences for youth; training for youth workers.

2019

The European Commission website gives a full breakdown of the UK’s involvement in the 2019 Erasmus+ programme, highlighting both outgoing and incoming participants, and demonstrating the scheme’s reach beyond Higher Education.

Details for prior years are as follows (by UK nation, and as per the Erasmus+ website):

England 2014-18

England saw 3,466 projects take place over this period, involving 100,276 participants and amounting to funding worth €509.7M

Mobility (Key Action 1) 2,747 projects €367.6m of which:

  • Higher Education: 768 projects, €228.8m
  • Vocational Education and Training: 401 projects, €83.8m
  • Schools: 637 projects, €13.8m
  • Adult Education: 59 projects, €3.4m
  • Youth: 882 projects, €37.7m

Strategic Partnerships (KA2) 663 projects €139.9m of which:

  • Higher Education: 56 projects, €17.1m
  • Vocational Education and Training: 136 projects, €37.9m
  • Schools: 327 projects, €55.6m
  • Adult Education: 88 projects, €19.9m
  • Youth: 56 projects, €9.3m

Structured dialogue (KA3)

Youth: 56 projects, €2.3m

Scotland 2014-18

Scotland benefited from 844 projects involving 13,957 participants, and amounting to €90.7m of funding.

Mobility (Key Action 1) 765 projects €73.5m of which :

  • Higher Education : 164 projects, €50.2m
  • Vocational Education and Training: 90 projects, €15.2m
  • Schools: 425 projects, 3.4m
  • Adult Education: 10 projects, €1.4m
  • Youth: 76 projects, €3.3m

Strategic Partnerships (KA2) 78 projects €17.2m of which:

  • Higher Education : 17 projects, €5.4m
  • Vocational Education and Training: 13 projects, €3.1m
  • Schools: 32 projects, €5.0m
  • Adult Education: 9 projects, €2.5m
  • Youth: 7 projects, €1.1m

Structured dialogue (KA3)

Youth: 1 project €49.8k

Wales 2014-18

Over these 4 years, 245 Welsh projects took place, involving 7,081 participants. Wales was awarded €40.4m of funding.

Mobility (Key Action 1) 172 projects €27.6m of which:

  • Higher Education: 52 projects, €15.9m
  • Vocational Education and Training: 39 projects, €8.0m
  • Schools: 29 projects, €2.0m
  • Adult Education: 6 projects, €120.9k
  • Youth: 46 projects, €1.5m

Strategic Partnerships (KA2) 67 projects €12.6m of which:

  • Higher Education: 5 projects, €1.5m
  • Vocational Education and Training: 1 project, €298.8k
  • Schools: 55 projects, €9.5m
  • Adult Education: 2 projects, €429.1k
  • Youth: 4 projects, €982.8k

Structured dialogue (KA3)

Youth: 6 projects, €256,4k

Northern Ireland 2014-18

In the 2014-18 period, the total Erasmus+ funding awarded in Northern Ireland was €38.8m. 6,696 participants took part in 287 Erasmus+ projects.

Mobility (Key Action 1) 211 projects €23.4m of which:

  • Higher Education: 55 projects, €12.4m
  • Vocational Education and Training: 40 projects, €7.4m
  • Schools: 29 projects, €583.9k
  • Adult Education: 5 projects, €141.7k
  • Youth: 82 projects, €2.9m

Strategic Partnerships (KA2) 69 projects €15.1m of which:

  • Higher Education: 1 project, €246k
  • Vocational Education and Training: 25 projects, €6.9m
  • Schools: 28 projects, €4.1m
  • Adult Education: 8 projects, €2.1m
  • Youth: 7 projects, €1.8m

Structured dialogue (KA3)

Youth: 7 projects, €282.2k

#ErasMUST

UCML has joined a social media campaign using the hashtag #ErasMUST We encourage everyone to get involved online, posting about their Erasmus experience and what they gained from it. Any longer testimonials can be sent to contact@ucml.ac.uk and will be profiled on the UCML website.